- Never place lights closer than 10 feet to power lines and always be aware of power lines.
- Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when decorating outdoors. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
- Always inspect your ladder before using it to ensure that it is safe. If the ladder is damaged, buy a new one that is safe to use.
- Be sure electrical cords are not placed at an angle or position that pinches them, like in windows.
- Use plastic zip cords when hanging lights instead of staples, tacks or nails.
- Use no more than three strands of light per extension cord. Overloads can cause fires or lines to short circuit.
- Keep lights directly away from carpeting, furniture, drapes and other flammable materials.
- Use only decorations bearing the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or Intertek (ETL) labels.
- Always unplug decorative lights when leaving home or before going to bed.
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